How to drink like a billionaire
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Champagne needs to ‘create a new occasion’
Champagne needs to “create a new occasion” and better communicate its brand if it is to recruit new consumers to the category, believes the managing director of Nicolas Feuillatte.
Pub-friendly pooches, Kevin Spacey and a one-off tasting of Achaval Ferrer wines spanning 12 vintages feature in this week’s round up of drinks industry events.
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Winemakers in the UK will be able to benefit from income tax changes for the country’s farmers allowing them to average their tax over five years.
The CEO and group chief winemaker of the Rathbone Group talks to db about having no time for regrets and dining with David Attenborough.
Venezuela could soon entirely run out of beer as workers at the country’s largest brewer have gone on strike over a long-running pay dispute.
Swellfun, the Chinese subsidiary of drinks giant Diageo, has reportedly postponed work on a £237 million construction project to build a liquor-producing industrial park in Chengdu.
UK supermarket Lidl has not ruled out launching an online wine shop, reporting wine sales to be up 38% since it introduced a premium range last year.
Health officials are to review the government’s drinking guidelines, as research linking moderate drinking to cancer leads to increased pressure from medics.
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The Liv-ex Fine Wine 100 index is finally showing a year-on-year gain as it rose 0.9% in June to close 3.4% up on the same level in June 2014.
With no Médoc wines gaining 100-points in Robert Parker’s retrospective of the 2005 vintage, one firm has asked: “Has the time come to just ignore Parker’s view of the 05s?”
Louis Latour Agencies marked its 25th anniversary last night with the announcement that it has taken on UK distribution for Champagne Gosset.
Online auction firm Bid for Wine has been sold to The Fine Art Auction Group in what its founders called “an exciting opportunity for customers”.
Champagne Mumm has released a new “Collection du Chef de Caves”, featuring magnums of its Cordon Rouge 1985, 1990 and 1996 vintages.
Jay-Z’s Champagne brand Armand de Brignac has launched its most expensive fizz ever: a Blanc de Noirs.
Legendary guitarist Carlos Santana has teamed up with Mumm Napa to release a limited edition sparkling wine in support of disadvantaged youths.
One leading UK Champagne importer is optimistic for the future of the category after a Champagne sell-out at Royal Ascot.
Asda is warning suppliers to be on guard after several companies received emails which claimed to be from the supermarket requesting bogus contracts.
Long-focused on expressing Rioja Alavesa’s diverse vineyard sites, Araex is now busy expanding its vision.
From modest beginnings in Rioja Alavesa, one man’s vision has taken him across the major wine regions of Spain, preserving and promoting their individuality while tackling the fragmentation that has hampered the country’s potential
The modern wine trader is undoubtedly a demanding beast. Not only do they want to keep costs down, but they want more visibility, increased flexibility of supply, as well as faster access to information.
A European labelling company has launched in the UK providing a “game-changing” online service.